Sometimes what we need to push us out of our comfort zone is an accident or necessity (the old mother of invention herself).
I purchased this lovely lightweight summer dress on sale, but when I put it on at home and started moving around (and sitting down) in it, it felt way too short for my tastes. I couldn’t return it because it was final sale, so what to do?
You may have seen the recent street style trend of wearing a dress over pants. While it’s not my natural inclination, I decided to give it a go with these leggings I picked up last week.
I know you thought I had a abhorrence for wearing yoga pants in public that rivaled only my animosity towards slow drivers in the left lane, but leggings and yoga pants are not the same. Leggings are a fantastic complement to a flowy top and I fully endorse donning them at every possible opportunity.
So how can you determine if that pair of stretchy pants you’re reaching for are polished enough for everyday wear? Here’s a handy comparison to help you out:
- Are usually made of performance or moisture-wicking fabric.
- Have brightly colored or bold athletic designs.
- Are sold with a matching sports bra.
- Are made of soft fabric representative of real clothing (yes, I said it).
- Resemble a slim-fit pair of pants.
- Have intelligent details that clearly elevate them to pants status. Sophisticated design, regular seams, pockets, zippers, buttons, lacing, trim, or–my favorite–studs often differentiate leggings from their sporty counterparts, giving them a leg up (no pun intended) on the fashion food chain.
These leggings from Population are softer than a baby bunny, so I anticipate they’ll enjoy a heavy rotation in my wardrobe.
Dress, Greylin via Hattie’s Branches.
Leggings, population via Babe’s Shoes & Apparel.
Shoes, Cole Haan.
Hat, Brixton via Bearcat & Big6.
Earrings, TJ Maxx.
Necklace, Polk Museum of Art Gift Shop.